Yasiin Bey refuses to be boxed into any rigid lines his fans may unwittingly try keep him in. The artist formerly known as the Mighty Mos Def recently detailed why he left the United States. 

In an interview with Beat By Dre, Bey explained why you’ll rarely spot him back in his BK stomping grounds—and why that has helped his music.

“It’s really…America is a very challenging place for me,” he said. “Sure, there’s great business opportunities and familiarity and all of that, but given the current social, political, economic climate, it is very difficult—unnecessarily difficult—to create to the degree of fullness…the type of robust, the type of creativity that I like to have, it is very difficult for me to produce right here.”

Bey went on to say he is critical of all the governments in the world, and the corporations.

Check out the enlightening interview below. This is where we put our wish for a new Black Star album out into the universie, hoping that it someday happens.

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